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Keith Lutz

Boston MA | Member Since 2013

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  • Habits of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert’s wife, Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady’s maid who orders the life of her mistress.

    Cindy says: "A Downtonlike story read by my favorite narrator?"
    "An enjoyable story but lacks depth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Fay Weldon and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Perhaps cutting down on the cast of characters and focusing on a few, solid characters instead.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An excellent narrative voice that is easy to listen to and genre appropriate.


    Did Habits of the House inspire you to do anything?

    Not particularly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (234)

    The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Narrative History"
    "A Masterful, Ponderously Thorough History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Plantagenets again? Why?

    This is not light historical reading. It is a masterful, scholarly work filled to the brim with details and research. If you have a voracious appetite for facts and historical anecdotes, this book is for you. Being an audio book, some of the names and places may confuse listeners not familiar with the history of medieval England and France, but it is nonetheless worthy of a listen and will indefinitely prompt the curious to do some research on one's own, outside of the book, in order to further enrich the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Amazing attention to detail. Well-researched, tightly written work.


    What about Clive Chafer’s performance did you like?

    Clive Chafer reads with such clarity and fluency that one would be hard pressed to find a better reader for a historical work.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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